The Maryland Terrapins have added a player on the defensive side of the ball who will be able to come in and contribute from day one.
Late Friday night, the university announced the addition of former UConn Huskies linebacker Jefferson Ashiru, who will be joining the Terrapins as a graduate transfer.
It is a natural fit, considering Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is the man responsible with recruiting Ashiru to UConn back in 2011.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jefferson to the Maryland football family,” Edsall said in a statement. “Jefferson has experience as a starter and can play multiple positions at linebacker. He has a tremendous work ethic and terrific understanding of the game. During his time at UConn, he played in a similar system and he will make a seamless transition. We are confident he will be a great team leader for our football program.”
According to the Baltimore Sun, Ashiru left Connecticut after feeling like head coach Bob Diaco and the Huskies coaching staff was trying to get him to quit the team.
Now that he is with Maryland, he seems to be in a much better place.
“I’m really excited to join the Maryland football program and have the opportunity to compete in the Big Ten Conference,” Ashiru said in his statement.
“I have known Coach Edsall and was also recruited by [Terps defensive backs coach] Darrell Perkins, so those relationships played a key role in my decision to come to Maryland. Coach Edsall is a tremendous leader who cares deeply about his players. I’m looking forward to furthering my education and continuing my football career for a great University.”
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